Arts & Entertainment

'Filth' a fight against the radical '60s

In the radical '60s, the world began to relax its proprietary standards, which didn't set well with diehard fundamentalists who were horror-struck by the downfall of decency.

That's the premise for a new PBS movie, Filth, which airs at 9 p.m. Nov. 16.

It's about a 53-year-old housewife and art teacher, Mary Whitehouse, who battles the demons of filth by engaging in a campaign against the fornicators and their fall from grace.

Julie Walters plays the uptight Mrs. Whitehouse. If you're a fan of the Harry Potter films, you'll recognize Walters as the lovable Mrs. Weasley, mother to a brood of red-headed children.

Mary, who likes living in a well-ordered world where people are polite and go to church on Sundays, is determined to do something about the lack of virtue corrupting the world.

She begins quietly with a letter of protest to the TV networks, and when she's ignored, she organizes a petition and a public meeting.

Decades have passed since the sexual revolution changed the course of society, but the issue might very well be as prevalent today as it was then, especially since the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to revisit the issue of obscenity on American TV.

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